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FRIDAY || November 18th, 2011

3rd Friday Opening | CURRENT Opening Reception
Noun: A body of water or air moving in a definite direction, esp. through a surrounding body of water or air in which there is less movement. Adjective: Belonging to the present time; happening or being used or done now.

33 Contemporary Gallery embraces both meanings of the word “CURRENT” in order to give shape to an exhibition that symbolizes the current new direction of the gallery to promote international collaborations and also showcases the current works being made by its multidisciplinary artists. The exhibition takes place in the main gallery space of the Zhou B Art Center.

CURRENT coincides with “NETWORK: From Turin to Chicago and Vice-Versa” which takes place at 33 Contemporary Gallery. This exhibition is the result of an international collaboration between Turin and Chicago. The collaboration begins this month with an exhibition of contemporary Italian artists in 33 Contemporary Gallery and it is followed by an exhibition of contemporary Chicago artists in the Museo Regionale Di Scienze Naturali Di Torino, Italy from May 24 to July 1, 2012.

33 Contemporary Gallery
Zhou B Art Center
1029 W. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
7:00 – 10:00pm

Tilo Schulz, Artist Talk
Tilo Schulz’s work shifts between the modalities of art, craft, design, and architecture as it comments on the status of art in the representation of the social and the political. Also a cu…rator, Schulz work is particularly adept at staging viewing scenarios for the audience, who are often included in the planning stages. Born in East Germany, his work also reflects a deep engagement with issues surrounding art’s instrumentalization during the communist era in the former Eastern Bloc. Tilo Schulz has shown his artwork at the Secession in Vienna; Magazin4 in Bregenz; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig; Steinle Contemporary, Munich; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel; Soros Center of Contemporary Art, Kiev; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; among others.

University of Chicago
Cochrane Woods Art Center – Room 157
5540 South Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
4:00 – 5:30pm

When one hears the term “angel”, chances are that person already has a pre-conceived notion of what an angel looks like, what it embodies, and immediately ascribes a meaning. Jackson Junge Gallery challenged 20 Chicago artists to bring forth the image of the modern day a…ngel in a group exhibit titled “Angelicies”. The artists provided works of many different media and variations on the theme of angels. From the more traditional aspects of angels to an urban interpretation, “Angelicies” provides the audience with a platform for viewing the analysis of each artist’s perspective on angels.

Jackson Junge Gallery
1389 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
6:00 – 9:00pm

Calling Planeswalkers, Art Stalkers and Dice Haulers. The Level Eater is an annual event hosted by the Co-Prosperity Sphere in collaboration with Pentagon. This 2nd annual event will focus on artists’ work that play with or have gained influence from Science Fiction or Fantasy. The work was all curated under the mission of Level Eater’s gaming retreat. There will be a selection of painting, drawing, sculpture, sound, photography and video. There will be also areas for viewers to participate and play fantasy games. Viewers are encouraged to bring any game they wish to share. There will be an assortment of games to also be played.

We have included this year a Magic: the Gathering Tournament* open to all who bring their cards. Prizes will be awarded to the winner of the Magic tournament**. At 9:00pm Level Eater will host live music brought to you by Ed Marszewski in Co-Pros basement by Winston the Wizard & Friends. At midnight spectators are encouraged to participate in a large Dungeons & Dragons adventure hosted by Michael Garcia, Mike Hampton and with’ professional players’. Character info and resources will be provided. On Saturday at 12:00pm we will continue playing Dungeons & Dragons as is the tradition of Level Eater. People are welcome to come play or watch.

If you are interested in participating this year in the Level Eater or have any questions please email Michael Garcia at If you want to be guaranteed a players chair in the large Dungeon’s Dragons campaign please email us also. Don’t forget some dice and a #2 pencil.

The Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219-21 South Morgan Street
Chicago Illinois, 60608
6:00 – Midnight
FREE before 9pm / $5 Cover after 9pm

GOMEZ/WILSON: Windows & Mirrors
This exhibition seeks the logic of a cultural production raised in the habitus of post-pluralism. In the context of the contemporary, it is difficult to determine the nature of medium specificity. The color field of modernism has been expanded by minimalism and conceptual…ism to encompass the full scope of the Real, leaving the pictorial plane frameless. This condition is accepted a priori in the works of both Gomez and Wilson.

Composed of “no signal” video screen blue, Andrew Norman Wilson uses projectors, monitors and mirrors to create a light installation in the downstairs gallery. He is, in a sense, a color field painter. However, it is the vacant light of “no signal” video blue being used, the antithesis of IKB. This blue is familiar yet quickly approaching obsolescence. In this work, there is no pretense towards transcendence or the timeless as in that of Turrell or even Eliasson. Shadowing behind the abstraction presented in the gallery, is a performance outside of the art vacuum. Wilson researches and purchases his installation materials as faux naif. He interacts with customer service representatives asking questions like, “Why is the no-video signal blue, blue?” Wilson’s work fluidly occupies the gallery space and the world at large.

Sayre Gomez presents a site-specific installation, by inserting a window directly into the gallery wall. Treated with a trompe l’oeil patina of the everyday, this window is a “recreation” of one found in a vacant L.A. store-front. Gomez uses the vernacular of fringe commerce, consumerism and the loose seams of the economy as medium. His object is familiar in our current urban landscape and foreign as an art object in the gallery; generic in reference, yet specific in execution. The pervasiveness of appropriation is apparent in the signature style developed in Gomez’s hand. Further, this work asks: If cultural relevancy must somehow contain its own irrelevance?

3114 W Carroll Street
Chicago, IL 60612
7:00 – 10:00pm

Mind and Reality: Print Exchange
Mind and Reality is an international print exchange portfolio featuring the work of thirty two professional artists associated with the University of Wales’s College of Fine Arts in Sydney, NSW and the school of the Art Institute in Chicago. The exchange will take place November 18th at Roxaboxen and March 2011 in Sydney at the CoFA space.

Each printer was asked to create a 11×15 inch print in an edition-able medium on a stable archival ground. Given these basic guidelines, the works created were remarkable and diverse, with pieces ranging from graphite to screen-printed water color.

The theme, Mind and Reality, refers to the disconnection and cross-pollination that occurs in the interstices between the mind’s and mental functions; for example, in the space where the relationships between dreams, memory, and the happenings of everyday life are mapped. The theme was chosen to guide the creation of work expressing the concepts emotions, and possibilities evoked by dreams and suggestive virtual realities in which the mind believes it is awake in space of non-reality. The exhibitions seeks to explore the differing perceptions of subjectivity on both a global and personal scale.

Roxaboxen Exhibitions
2130 West 21st Street
Chicago, IL 60608
7:00 – 10:00pm

Seth Sher: Nominal Mystique
NOMINAL MYSTIQUE is a play on the formality of art as visual experience and the idea that this experience can only be perceived as art when presented as such. An attempt to create aesthetic imagery acts only as a supplementary experience to its primary objective. In “Natural Being,” an interpretation of the musical/mystical concepts of inducing trance through shifting drones and cyclical polyrhythms Sher replaces traditional instruments with synthesizers controlled by MIDI sequences. These sequences then act as triggers for the video, actualizing representations of the same rhythmic structures directly by providing one visual source for each part within it. These sacred rituals are thusly viewed through the meta-filter of technological furtherance, presenting its aural and visual elements as a cold and inorganic representation of a pure and intuitive form. In “Untitled” this polyrhythmic synthesis is contrived as a timeline of technological evolution through the use of found footage engineered into organized sound – its main sonic component being the sound from the videos themselves. It examines the intersection of methodologies in philosophy, science, music and art and the radical contingencies inferred in the experience of real-time, collaborative composition. As a complete concept, the work suggests concurring forces or inclinations toward the interactions of expression, instinct, and intellect to produce some kind of overt “meaning” which mystifies the perception of art as experience.

128 North Campbell Street
Chicago, IL 60612
8:00 – 11:00pm


Recursion – 2612 Art Opening
In the body of work is a recursive drive to create an organic visual language from the immutable impulses of city living. “Recursion” features the work of six artists.

Artists include: Erik DeBat, Mario Gonzalez Jr., James Jankowiak,
Victor Lopez, Ismael Muhammad Nieves, and William Weyna.

2612 Space
2612 W. Nelson
Chicago, IL
6:00 – 10:00pm

Come see the work of our own Sarah Vogel.  You’ve loved her linoleum block classes (we have too) now come see the art she’s made with linoleum.  This show debuted last spring in Denver, and now it’s here.  You should be too.

Evanston Print & Paper Shop
1125 Florence Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
4:00 – 7:00pm

Join Roots & Culture for a 5th Anniversary Party! Featuring a full bar with signature cocktails, tantalizing appetizers from Chef Eric & Co., DJ Specks and Mr. Wiggles spinning classic Funk, R&B, and Sou…l.

Roots & Culture
1034 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL
8pm – 12:00am

Buy advance tickets for $30 from Paypal or $40 at the door.

Elliot Reed: ‘Till The World Ends
Join me, Elliot Reed, for a solo show about mania, the apocolypse, and the death of my teenage years (I turn 20 in January). Greatly inspired by my newfound adulthood, failed predictions of the end of days, and Britney Spears’ m…odern dance classics “Till The World Ends,” and “I Wanna Go,” my new sculpture, video, and painting will show together for one night only at LEMONSPACE aka Elliot’s haus 2239 west 18th place. Snacks and general merriment will be provided. Bring a friend, or come alone and make some new ones. Starts at six, come by on your way to something else or feel free to stay awhile.
2239 West 18th place – 1st floor
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 – 10:00pm

FOTA’s Fall Fair: Art Lab
Let’s make art! No, seriously. FOTA is gonna provide you with all the materials you need to make sculptures, craft masks, take photos, and even try some leather-craft. You can even make your body into living art by learning from one of the various dance RSOs (RBIM, PhiN…ix, Tango) For the lazy bums, we got food being made live by the Culinary Club and some short films from Fire Escape. As Bill Nye once said, “Human beings should be able to come up with something cool to do with this ‘huge’ space.” We’re givin you space. You are a human being. Make something cool. Non-human beings also invited.

Reynold’s Club
5706 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
5:00 – 8:00pm

The DIY Trunk Show
The DIY Trunk Show is a diverse gathering of creative talent to showcase, sell, and promote handmade arts, crafts, goods, and endeavors of all kinds. This will be our ninth year and the biggest yet! With a new location we will be hosting more than 150 local crafters.

Broadway Armory
5917 North Broadway Street
Chicago, IL
10:00am – 5:00pm

The Octagon Gallery is hosting another spectacular one-night only event entitled “CAMP”. The show features artists working with the limitations of a camping trip. Although there will be no slumbering in this fabricate…d wilderness, viewers will see strange things in tents, hear the sounds of musicians and storytellers and consume cheap beverages with charred snacks.

Live Performances by:
Roy Ivy
E. Aaron Ross
Go Figure (John Myers, Traci VanLaarhoven Myers, Toni VanLaarhoven, Josh Myers)
Bill Myers
Allison Trumbo
Lara Stall
Austin Smith & Curt Schreiber

Tent Installations By:
Happy Collaborationists (Meredith Weber, Anna Trier featuring Claire Ashley)
Pentagon Gallery (Michael Garcia)
The Milk Factory (Jeff Prokash featuring Morgan Sims)
The Second Bedroom (Chris Smith)
Sam Sieger, Olivia Strautmanis, Bill Connors, Woobie Bogus, Mac Akin, Mary Clemens
Katie Schuering & Jesse Lee

The Octagon Gallery
1318 N Milwaukee Apartment 300
Chicago IL, 60622
7:30 – 11:00pm

The Domestic Partnership of Heaven and Hell
Karen Reimer works to establish something more complex, more ambiguous, more symbiotic than the traditional oppositional binary relationships that ground so much of our culture. By combining the tactics and aesthetics of conceptual art with the tropes of domestic decoration, Reimer pushes concept and material, art and labor, language and linens, utopia and realism, heaven and hell into the same space.

In this body of work, Reimer exchanges language for the imagery of stylized nature so typical of domestic decoration. Starting with the literalism of replacing an image of flowers with the word “flowers”, Reimer embroiders quotations in which that word appears on pillowcases. Ranging from the poetic to the pedagogical, these quotations address the practices of craft and decoration and the assumptions and debates surrounding those practices, with several quotes taken from scholars and philosophers of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Reimer is interested in revisiting that movement’s ideas about craft, manual labor, learning, domesticity, etc., as they translate into the contemporary digital age. The arrangement of the text on the pillowcases borrows equally from the traditions of embroidered pillowcase decoration and the formatting of language on computer screens, for example the blue boxing of selected words or the red strike-through of deletions when tracking changes.

2154 W. Division
Chicago, IL 60622
4:00 –7:00pm

Kavi Gupta is proud to present a new exhibition of work by renowned American sculptor Tony Tasset. The homecoming exhibition marks the artist’s first gallery exhibition of new work in Chicago in 15 years and presents two works, Hot Dog Man (2011) and Mood Sculpture (2011).

Kavi Gupta is also proud to present Windows and Mirrors, the debut exhibition in the Chicago gallery of new work from the Los Angeles based artist Sayre Gomez. On view are the artist’s new works on canvas, thirty small works on paper, and a single graphite drawing. By mining images and texts from various blogs and image archives, Gomez’ new works are an extension of the artist’s inquiry into how aesthetics inform perception and how meaning is disseminated and contextualized.

Kavi Gupta
835 West Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
4:00 – 7:00pm

SUNDAY || NOVEMBER 13th, 2011

Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
“Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” by Jim Ricks considers the unique context of Chicago through a new body of work that is a playful visualization of a well-known scene from a Hollywood film. Working in a variety of new medias, the selection of pieces is produced specifically for Peanut Gallery’s new venue.

Essentially “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” begins with the question ‘How do we know?’, paying particular regard to popular knowledge of fine art and its representation in mainstream culture. This is also a continuation of an ongoing strand of Ricks’s practice involving re-producing or knocking-off life sized versions of well known artworks. In this case, the reproductions are pulled from film stills depicting one of Chicago’s best-known museums in one of its best-loved films. Because of the limited data due to the film’s editing, cropping, zooming, obstructing, etc. of the artworks the reproductions become distorted. As the audience we have received sparse and inconsistent information; there is more data in some areas than others, yet we believe we know the famous artworks. In this context are the artworks holding their own individual value or meaning? Or are they merely serving as signification of ‘culture’ and ‘contemplation’?

Peanut Gallery
1000 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL
5:00 – 8:00pm

Please join us Sunday, November 20, at 2PM for a talk led by Caleb Yono on his exhibition TWIRL at Julius Caesar. There will be snacks and refreshments!

Julius Caesar
3311 W. Carroll Ave
Chicago, IL
2:00 – 4:00pm

A DEVICE FOR SEEING: is always a translation or augmentation. Most humans see life through their eyes; some feel it in their bones. Once I tried to do both, but I got confused, so now I alternate monthly. Lenses are a whole different story because they change how we see in such a subtle way. It’s easy to forget they are there.

When you have lost something, you hold it in your mind so tight, and will the registration of memory and past to align. When she lost it, she held it in her mind so tight for so long. Finally, she compressed it into a pebble. Luckily, it was in the hope that there was more to come.

ACRE Projects
1913 W 17th Street
Chicago, IL
4:00 – 8:00pm

Stitchy is a sewing party for people of all skill levels!
Sewing, knitting, crocheting, whatever you do or want to do, you can do it at Stitchy! Bring a project to work on (new or in-progress). We’ll have a few machines, but we always encourage people to bring extras if they can. We have snacks too!

Erin Barnard – artist and Director of Exposures, a cross-cultural exchange program that establishes the arts as a common language among youth from diverse communities. She’ll be bringing these AMAZING CYANOTYPE QUILTS that she made with the kids in her program.

Sandy Guttman – a style blogger who has some really unexpected ideas for transforming fabrics with twists and folds.

Georgina Valverde – an artist and educator who has done some interesting projects using a technique in which she melts down plastic bags to form textiles.

Roxaboxen Exhibitions
2130 West 21st Street
Chicago IL 60608
7:00 – 10:00pm

Play: New Work by David Linneweh & Leslie Mutchler
For the exhibition, Play, artists David Linneweh and Leslie Mutchler invite participants to explore this idea in two distinctly different ways. Linneweh’s paintings of re-configured architecture relate to the spaces outside the interior walls to which we’ve become accustomed. Mutchler’s installation invites the viewer to participate in an act of play by reconfiguring the forms to create new iterations within the space.

The way in which architecture varies has ultimately found a place of direct influence within the work of David Linneweh’s recent paintings. Photographs are the basis for his re-assembled pieces, elements are cut, copied, cropped and re-configured into a new composition that form the foundation of the piece. Formal elements of the image move beyond representation towards abstraction and geometric shapes of color accompany the architectural elements creating a new configuration. As the work evolves the artist selectively paints within the drawn image until a sense of playful balance is achieved.

The painted assemblages attempt to create and share in a dialogue with those who view and consider them within contemporary landscape; it’s construction, and evolution. By slowing down to examine these works we might consider our own environs and their constructions what they say about our culture and how we might imagine a new, ideal configuration.

What It Is
1155 Lyman
Oak Park, IL 60304
3:00 – 8:00pm

Spudnik Press Cooperative: Portfolio Review
This Sunday, Spudnik Press will be hosting our first Portfolio Day, inviting our members and artists in the community to present their artwork, both to a panel of guest reviewers as well as Portfolio Day visitors. This event is a continuation of our mission to unite new and young artists with established artists and professionals through approachable and inviting formats. Guest reviewers are Mark Pascale, Angela Bryant, and Dawn Hancock. These three invited reviewers all bring a unique expertise that we are very excited about sharing with artists.

Any artists creating print-based artwork and works on paper are encouraged to present their portfolio. All artists, instructors, students, and supporters of the arts are invited to attend as well, meet new artists, and see the work they have been crafting. All day, there will be Hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and Spudnik Press members will be eager to share their art.

Sessions begin at 12, 2, and 4pm. Current Spudnik Press members are invited to participate at no charge. Non-members can participate for $25. Artists may bring works on paper and works incorporating fine art prints (avoid giclees and inkjet prints please).

Participating Artists:
Matt Harlan, Erick Jurado, Elke  Claus, Nick Meccia, Cathleen Nesheiwat, Hunter Doyle, Bethany Stec, Elisabeth Lambright, Emily Serruto, Alfred Stark, CJ Mace, David Zoberis Sr., Erin K. Nolan, Bob Fields. Angelika Piwowarczyk, Jef Standefer, Matthew Messmer, Pablo Phillips, Aki Kim, Liz Born

Portfolio Day Schedule:
Round 1: 12:00 – 1:45
Round 2: 2:00 – 3:45
Round 3: 4:00 – 5:45
Hors d’oeuvres & set-up for Round 1 begin at 11:30am

Spudnik Press
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302
Chicago, IL
11:30am – 6:00pm
Members FREE / Non-Members $25


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